Australian super-featherweight Will Tomlinson (10-0, 10 KOs) is considered by many experts in Australia as one of the sports future stars and was recently awarded the title of “Prospect of the Year” for 2009 by the sport. The 23 year old, known as “Wild Will” is based in Sydney and unbeaten in ten pro fights with all those wins coming inside the distance.
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Tomlinson had over 80 amateur fights and represented the Australian National Team in Commonwealth and World Championships in 2007 before he turned pro in 2008. Since turning pro his boxing ability and power punching have been guided by respected Australian boxing coach Lincoln Hudson at the BHS Gym in Blacktown, Sydney.
In 2009 he went to the USA and joined the camp of WBA 126 pound champion Yuri Gamboa where he went over thirty rounds with the Cuban and gave a good account of himself. He returned to a major test on the undercard of the Danny Green-Roy Jones Jr fight on December 2nd at the Acer Arena and knocked out respected Verquan Kimborough (21-3-3, 7 KOs) inside three rounds.
The American was a former USBA lightweight champion and Tomlinson was giving away a huge advantage of experience but showed great power, wobbling the American in the second and then finishing the fight with a left hook and right hand in the following round stopping the 27 year old Kimborough. It was an eye-catching win for the young Australian in front of 15,000 fans at the Acer Arena. He consistently beat his more experienced opponent to the punch and showed crisp and powerful combinations.
He explained to Fightnews how important the trip to America was in building confidence for his biggest fight in December.
“ I really enjoyed my camp in Miami and training with the likes of Yuri Gamboa and Columbian Bredis Prescott was a really steep learning curve for this young prospect lad from Sydney. These guys are top class professionals and always give their best and I had to be on my guard. It is fair to say I held my own and despite only having nine pro fights behind me against a world champion and a class boxer like Gamboa I stood tall in the gym and gave a good account of myself. When I told them I was 9-0 they were surprised how well I performed for my age and experience – I think my amateur pedigree and background stood me in good stead”
“ It was this experience that gave me a huge confidence uplift and when the chance came to fight on Danny Green’s under card I wanted to show the Australian boxing public what I had learned in Miami. Verquan Kimborough was definitely my toughest opponent to date and held USBA and NABA titles in the US. I came out strong and landed some power shots early and then knocked him out in the third. I think some people were surprised by the decisiveness of the win compared to my relative experience but that just motivated me more and turned out the best result of my career so far. It gave my confidence another huge boost and I look forward to another solid 2010.”
“ I will be fighting again in March and hope to have another six to seven fights this year and try and get into the world rankings by the end of the year with a definite plan of fighting for a world title in 2011.”
When asked about the accolade of being Australia’s top prospect of the year he confirmed this motivated him rather than added pressure. He added, “Being considered the best prospect in the country in 2009 was the ending of a fabulous year for me. Some of the 2008 Australian Olympic Team had turned pro in 2009 and for my performances to be acknowledged gives me added motivation – I am not going to let my fans down and be one of those great prospects who quite never made it to world level. I know with my team behind me and further challenges that I can become a future world champion.”
“ Australian boxing right now is in such great shape with Danny Green’s win over Roy Jones and Vic Darchynian, Anthony Mundine and Michael Katsidis world champions giving all us younger guys inspiration to achieve what they have done. People are starting to believe we could be entering a golden period of boxing down under and with fighters such as Billy Dib, Daniel Geale, Junior Talipeau, Steve Wills and Garth Wood winning the Australian Contender we are starting to build some momentum. We are all known for our Rugby, Cricket and Swimming in world sport but it would be great for us to build on all the momentum created in 2009. I believe we could have even more world champions in 2010 from the crop of talent we have and hopefully people will enjoy watching Will Tomlinson throughout the year.”
If Will Tomlinson continues to shine in 2010 and adds both to his unbeaten run and KO wins he will rise up the rankings and add to the strength in depth that is apparent currently in Australia.
More details on Will’s boxing career can be seen at his website www.wildwilltomlinson.com.au